I'm not a very sociable person, and I don't like chat rooms very much, so it might seem odd that I would write an opinion on a program for connecting to a chat network.
But, mIRC is for more than just joining generic chat rooms and going through the same boring a/s/l (age/sex/location) chat with a bunch of people you don't know, who probably aren't even of the gender or age they claim to be. Yes, there are chat rooms devoted to just chat in general, but there is so much more out there.
mIRC is a client for IRC (Internet Relay Chat). There are many others out there (such as pIRC) but mIRC is arguably the best, both for beginners and experienced users, and there is a 30 day trial available for download from www.mirc.com. Registration costs only $20 for lifetime updates - great value.
===== Getting Started =====
Once you have mIRC installed, and filled out the details it asks you the first time you run it, such as your chosen nickname, getting started is as simple as going File > Select Server, then picking a server from the drop down list - the list is huge, and that isn't all the servers that exist either, just the really big and well known ones. I like Criten because the admins are sensible on there and good about getting rid of people who spam or try to hack people.
Once you're connected, you can go Tools > Channels List then get a list of all the channels - there will probably be quite a few hundred of them - select one with a topic that interests you and then join it by double clicking on the name, or by typing /join #channelname .
You might get a message like 'only registered nicknames can join this channel' - if you get that, then go to the screen that shows up when you first connect to a server and type
/msg nickserv register mypassword myemailaddress
You might want to set up a throw away email address for this if you don't trust the server.
That will register the nickname to you, so other people won't be able to use it.
Once you have done that, then every time you connect to that server from now on, you will have to type:
/msg nickserv identify mypassword
To prove that you are the authorised user. There is a way to automate this so that you don't have to type it every time, and a nose around the settings for something called a 'perform' should lead you to it quickly enough.
There are a few precautions you should take - make sure you're running a firewall of some form, and don't click on links in messages you recieve unless you trust the sender and are expecting a link from them - the same as with normal chat programs.
===== But Thats Just Normal Chat =====
I don't use mIRC much for chatting - I do use it often to access tech support for my web hosting - they have their own chat room, and their java applet for accessing it is useless.
Sometimes the guy who can answer my query is away for ages so I just idle in the channel and use a script I have set up to trigger when my name gets mentioned and copy that conversation to another window.
I also like to lurk in some channels that have bots or trivia games - theres even a game called Idle RPG where the object of the game is to stay connected to the channel without speaking or changing your nickname. You gain levels for set amounts of time connected, and loose time if you speak or disconnect!
Some of the bots are really useful - you type in a question and it answers it. There are ones that will define words for you, give information about geography, science and IT, and ones that will give you artist discographies or info about films.
As much as I love the way you can search the IMDB from your browser with a search toolbar, I still often find myself using a bot in my favourite IRC channel, partly because it is faster, and partly because the people in the channel have similar interests, and may notice my query and tell me 'Oh, that film sucks' - I trust their feedback.
You can even use IRC as a means of downloading files - some channels offer downloads of torrents, which you can then use your favourite BitTorrent client to download, and others just offer files directly. These files are usually illegal, and you are taking a risk that they could be fake or virii, but usually they are more likely to be real than the ones on peer to peer services. It is up to you and your conscience to decide if you want to download files like that though.
There are chat rooms for just about every subject, from entertainment, to music, to games, to politics, to academic subjects. These are usually quieter, but much more interesting, than the general chat rooms that people often get dumped into when they first connect to a server.
===== OK, But Thats IRC, Why Use mIRC The Software? =====
Ok, you've caught me, I've talked mostly about what you can do on the network, not about the software itself.
There are a lot of reasons to use mIRC instead of the other clients.
Firstly, it comes with a huge list of pre-defined servers, making it easy to get started without having to hunt around for a good server to connect to. It is very easy to get started, and being so popular, there should be a lot of people able to help you if you get stuck.
Secondly, in recent versions it has become a lot more secure and reliable. It even supports secure connections for the people who are really concerned about privacy and security.
Thirdly, it is a client that will grow with you. As you get used to online chat you may find that you want more from your client than just displaying text on the screen and letting you send text back. You may become a channel operator, and want to automate the task of kicking people out of the chat room if they swear. You may get sick of the spam you are getting, and want to auto-filter private messages to get rid of the bulk of it. You may want to set up some highlighting for messages you might miss if you go AFK. You may even want to share some (legal, of course) files with people in the room.
mIRC will allow you to do all that and more.
There are tons of scripts out there for you to download, and there are even pre-modified installs of mIRC that have a lot of things set up for you, from the trivial, such as playing different sounds when certain events happen, and changing colours around, to very complicated ones that keep track of when you last saw someone online and inform other people when they type a certain question into the channel.
You can get some of the scripts from:
You can write your own scripts for mIRC if you have some knowledge of programming - it uses a C - like scripting language, and if you can be bothered to learn it then you can do some cool things with it.
mIRC is not without security risks, but lately these have been reduced, and the worst are easily avoided by use of common sense.
If you are currently using either a Java chat applet, or something like Trillian, or even Operas IRC client then give mIRC a look! It has a lot more features, and is plain more reliable, than most of those. I do use the Opera IRC client from time to time, but usually find myself missing IRC and going back to that instead.
-Intro- Well the last few years have been great for Internet Relay Chat, The population is growing wildly and that is (in most cases) a very good thing. Its great fun chatting on irc.. especially when you can actually find a decent room with non-idle folk. BUT, with the amount of users using IRC theres bound to be some idiots, and those idiots may try taking advantage of any weakness on your computer or internet connection, so lets talk about some way you can protect / maintain your self and (if need be) your channel. -Personal Protection- Okay, let's say Lamer1 wanted you too loose your connection to IRC.. theres a number of ways he can go about this, and with all the protection in the world people WILL find ways to knock you off sometimes, but for the most part theres a few simple things you can do to protect yourself.. first of all, everyone out there should have themselves a firewall by now, you can get ZoneAlarm for free all over the net. Once you've equipped yourself with a firewall move on to some actual mIRC protection scripts. Lets talk about the different protections and what they are - #1 - CTCP Flooding - CTCP Flooding is when Lamer1 sends you mass amounts of CTCP requests, (ie: Ping) causing you to send back to much information, which lags you horribly and you will disconnect. Luckily most popular irc servers have built in CTCP protection, and will activate it for you automatically if numerous ctcp requests are sent to one user. If not, download yourself a good CTCP Protection script (www.mircscripts.org). #2 - Text Flooding - Text flooding is basically harmless, but can be very annoying.. Its when Lamer1 (and possibly an army of clonebots) flood a user or channel with useless nonsense, usually a jumble of ugly #$%%&@@ and bright colors. Most servers always have built in protection for this, which will knock the attempted flooder off. If he has enough bots set up to avoid the servers protection, you can
equip yourself with Channel/Text Protection scripts (www.mircscripts.org) which will kick/ban people who flood, repeat, etc.. Or simply ignore them.. which works well in most cases. #3 - Packeting/Nuking - Now this is what a large amount of people fall victim too.. even entire servers can be taken down, and theres not a whole lot anyone can do. If your being disconnected with a Softwear Caused Connection Abort quick message, or Ping timeouts etc.. chances are you might be getting packeted. Don't panic, it could be a number of different things.. But just to be sure equip your self with a firewall. It can be a real pain if a packet kiddy chooses you as his victim, but if so.. and you know whos doing it, don't play their little games, just ignore it or disconnect for a while. Chances are they'll get bored and leave you alone. -Channel Protection- #1 - Takeovers - The easiest way to avoid a takeover is NEVER OP ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW! Its that simple.. if you did however op someone intending to do your channel harm, heres a few things you can do - Use the servers services to remove any access the person(s) attempting the takeover have. Next deop everyone untill you get things in order, on most servers the services can basically save you from a takeover and you don't even have to be in the channel, just know how the services work and memorize the commands. You can use them to unban yourself etc etc.. If someone did however obtain the password to your channel, your in a heap of trouble.. they can drop the chan in seconds and its gone. So NEVER give your password to anyone. Also get channel protection scripts (www.mircscripts.org) and keep logs for your channel, if you log someone attempting a takeover you can find an IRCop and have them akilled for it. #2 - Floods - As stated in the personal protection, just get yourself a chan/flood protection script and you'll be fine, if you don't have op's in t
he chan or someone is flooding you personally ignore them. The protection script will take care of you if the servers protection doesn't. - Thats basically the jist of protecting yourself/chan on IRC, however there are tons of other ways people can exploit you, IRC can be a dangerous place.. But in the most part its great fun, and with the right knowledge/protection you should be fine - Once your all set you might want some tips on mainting you channel, so here goes - - Maintaining Your Chan - Now that your protected and ready to start up your own chan, heres some tips to guide you along the way - Don't mass invite people, its rude, annoying, and will result in people banning you, packeting you, and just plain out despising you. Invite friends of yours in, or hang out in other channels based on similar topics and get to know a few people instead of spamming everyone you see. Once you get some users in your chan, make sure everyone knows the rules and not to break them. After all, it is YOUR chan.. You want to keep your ops/regulars happy but don't let anyone get out of line, ops can get power hungry and this can be a real damper on your chan, people don't like to be in a chan with ops going to war with each other etc. If you feel the need, you might want to get yourself a bot for the chan.. theres all different kinds, you could have some games on it, make it do a number of funny things, all depends on the theme you want the bot to have, they can be good and bad. Its all up to you. Always be friendly and help people out if you can, you'd be surprised how many will do the same, get a good base of regulars in your chan and make sure your fellow ops do there share. All in all keep it fun, Don't spam and Protect yourself, you should be fine. Have Fun =)
Having been a user of mIRC for over 4 years, I must admit to being a huge fan. It's ease of use and it's ability to allow you to meet new people are without doubt the finest selling points of this excellent program. It does however have it's drawbacks. Firstly with it being mainly text driven, you really have no idea who you are chatting too. Sharon from Florida, could very easily be Fred from Folkestone, and with the monitoring of chat rooms very slack, it is not a program which you could safely recommend for children. A lot of the content is adult based, with sex a big factor on most channels, but there are some very nice and completely innocent channels to choose from, family chat being a prime example. There is the possibility of extending your links with friends onto the visual chat rooms such as ms messenger but mIRC is amongs the best on merit.
mIRC is an internet chat relay system which connects to irc servers. It is free to download from mirc.co.uk, you are supposed to register it. I haven't yet, and I don't really plan to. I'm completely happy with the service as it is. The reason I downloaded it was because it let me access a whole bunch of different chats at once. Instead of having two different webpages open, with two different chats, I only had to open mIRC and then connect to the chats. (so long as they had the same server, which in most cases they did.) In my opinion, mIRC is simple to use, you just use slash commands to operate it. For example, /server irc.linkline.com, /join #cbox is what you type to join a chat, though you have to specify which chat. (each chat has a # in front of it's name. so if you wanted to join setsunachat, you'd type /join #cob) You can open unlimited windows in this program, whether you're private chatting or if you're in a few completely different rooms. You can register your nicknames, which I really liked, and there's no limit on how many you can register. You do have to keep using the nicks you register though, because if they're inactive, you can lose them and others can take them. mIRC also lets you switch nicks in the middle of a session, another feature I liked. However, you can't continously switch nicks, there's a time limit on how often you can do that. An easy way to switch nicks is to type /nick and then whatever name you want. (example: /nick cbox would give me the nick of cbox.) mIRC lets you switch servers quite readily. You can just switch in the options box (the box you first see when you connect, which also lets you change your nickname.) and change back when you feel like it. Because there are so many channels, there are more chat rooms within mIRC than anywhere I've ever seen. For each server, there are whole lists of chats, not only from the USA or the UK, but from
around the world. Perhaps the handiest feature of mIRC is the list channels feature. It will list all of the chats a particular server has, and it will tell you how many people are currently in them. That way you don't have to search for someone to talk to, it's all right there, along with a little description of what the chat's devoted to. When you're actually in a chat room, there are a lot of things you can to enhance your writing. You can change colors, make it bold or italic, and make something you're doing seem like an action. Once again, the use of the slash comes in. Some of these commands are a little tricky at first, but with practise, it all becomes easy. Also, mIRC lets you find out more about other chatters by the /whois feature. You either can right click their name in the chat room and choose whois, or type /whois and their name. It can tell you how they're connected and which other chats they are in. Sometimes it tells you how long it's been since they've typed something. Like instant messangers, you can create a buddy list in mIRC. It's really handy. mIRC seems really simple to me now, but it wasn't as straightforward as other services I've used. The people in the chats really helped me though, especially the ops. (operators) If you're new and need help, just ask them. They probably won't mind giving you a few pointers. And if you're not a beginner, or you adjust very quickly, you can add features to mIRC yourself. You can create your own chat rooms, or make your own slash commands. (I've made shortcuts to enter my favorite chats, and I've also made a few "pop-ups" or messages that are automatically entered with a slash command.) Another thing you can do is send files back and forth, whether they be text or images. Just be careful not to accept files from people you don't know- it's an easy way to get a virus.
It's a really helpful service if you like chatting, though it may be a little overwhelming at first. It only takes a little bit of practise. I'm still finding new and surprising little tidbits about mIRC every once and awhile, and I recommend it to those of you who like to communicate.
mIRC Is one of the best and easiest to use IRC clients there is. The program itself is very small so downloading it isn't a problem. Once you install it setting it up is fairly simple too, all you do is enter your name, email, your irc nick and you are ready to go, but first you have to find an irc server to connect to, there is a big list for you to choose from and many have tens of thousands of channels to choose from once you are in. The server I use the most is Efnet, this is one of the larger ones. Some others include dalnet, starnet, undernet, and much more. The program is free to use and doesn't require you to pay to use a full functional version. There is a 30 day trial, but the program works even after the 30 days have passed. Every once in awhile it asks you to register the program for $20. Each of the servers you are sure to find help for the newbies and just help on anything you might want to know about. There are also channels just for teens, mp3s, and many other types. The best way to get a list of all the channels is to do /list once you are connected to your server. It gives you a list of all the channels that were made and how many people are in. All commands to the server starts with the "/". To join a channel you must type "join #channelname" you can change nick names by doing "/nick newnick". This all gets easier once you use a few times and learn, its actually pretty simple. Mirc has some great options also, you can change the fonts around, change your background for the mirc window, and make a script to use just for irc. You can script to give people op, deop them, kick, and even ban them. (You must be the operator in the channel to do this though). You can private message someone and start your own chat 1-1. There is a notify list where you can add specific nicknames to it and it will tell you when they join the server. Some other features with Mirc is DCC, great opti
on for file sharing and swapping. You can select the file you want to send, select the person you want to send to and it sends. Very simple to use and once you get the hang of it, its actually pretty fun. Very addictive though, you might end up spending hours chatting with people. Unlike AOL chats which are only limited to 23 people, these channels can hold unlimited people or whatever the operator in there decides to set. There are some with 400+ people!!
IRC is a free downloadable program that allows you to chat in channels with people with the same interests. It has many options that allow safer chatting for groups aimed at a younger market, and ways of controlling the content. This is mainly done by 'bots'. These bots are programmed by the channels owner to recognise commands and certain keywords, so that as well as giving you a list of statistics about who has been on the channel saying what, it can also kick people off the channel for swearing or using other language that is inappropriate for that channel. This can be set up for anything - if you start a Pokemon or Star Wars channel you can have someone 'kicked' off the channel for mentioning Digimon od Star Trek if you like! And it is very simple to set up and use. As well as the 'kick' function, which removes the user but allows them to reconnect straight away, there is also the 'ban' function which can be set with a time limit or set indefinitely. These bots are very programmable and can be used for more fun aspects as well. If you set up a virtual bar you can have commands so that if you type in "!vodka_martini" the bot will pass you a Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred, and many other useless, yet fun, functions. You can pretty much set them up to recognise an infinite number of commands and functions. Very, VERY, useful if you want to make a safe kids site. One person I know set his bot up so that you start with 100 credits and can then gamble with his bot, programming in all the rules for the card game. As well as bots you can have individual users with the same powers. If you and a friend are channel owners and have a bot, you can set it up so that the 'bot' gives you 'OPs'. These operators can then carry out all the ban and kick functions just like a bot, and then in turn can OP someone else responsible if they wish, or de-op muppets who just happen to be operat
ors by chance. You can also pass files between users, and this too can be disabled in individual channels, or you can choose not to allow them at all if you are worried about your kids. As a further safeguard you can set it up so that another user can see no other information than your IRC nickname, or you can give a full list of details if you so wish. There aren't as many details to give as there is on programs like ICQ, but to most people anonimity is best. A list of the people in the channel can be found on one side of the screen and highlighting their nick gives you a drop-down list of further functions. You can start a normal private conversation with them in a separate window which will end when either you or he/she logs off from the IRC server, or you can start a different conversation window that will stay open and active after logging off from IRC and continue until you finish it or log off from the internet completely. You can also send and recieve files and ask for further information on the user. A problems with IRC is that when it is busy a person can become lagged, meaning that they may not see a message until a few seconds after you have sent it, or maybe even a few minutes, and then their reply is also lagged. This problem is overcome, in part, by the IRC server automatically noticing this and reconnecting them to a different, less busy server. Very useful! Thanks IRC! But sometimes it cannot be helped due to the sheer amount of people worldwide who use the program. At other times a netsplit may occur. This is when a linking server goes down, and a channel is split into two separate groups on different sides of the split. Normally the European servers (like most of you will use, cos this is dooyoo.CO.UK after all!) are more reliable and lagging and splits happen less often. But if you are in a specific channel that is used by a lot of Americans, or people who use American IRC servers, then you may loose contac
t with many of the people on that channel. But who wants to listen to Yanks anyway? :P IRC is an excellent package for those who want to chat online, and an excellent package for worried parents who want to guide what their kids can do online. And it's also a good price too!
IRC is a place for people to go and chat much like other chat rooms. To get into an IRC server you will need to download , something which will run IRC for instance MIRC this is a shareware program which means it is free to download. Once you have loaded up MIRC and are online it will come up with a list of servers. You can pick one of these international servers. If you wish to add on a server you can do so and join that server. Once you have connected to a server it will come up with the same format as most chatrooms: text box on left and list of names along the right. To join a channel you must type in the status text box /join #xxx (where xxx is the channel name) If you see someone with @ before there name it means they are a channel operater, do not piss these people off as they have the right to kick and bann you from there channel. I will fill you in on some basic commands: 1. to change name type /nick xxx 2. to do an action type /me xxx e.g /me has gone to get a drink (when jim is your name it will come up as: Jim has gone to get a drink highlighted in white.) 3. to write in colour type /k xx (whatever number it gives u options) or press ctrl + k. You can also download scripts for IRC and example of this would be a program which tells the channel what mp3 u are listening to. Once you get used to the format it becomes a very efficient chatroom with thousands of channels to enter. To download MIRC visit www.mirc.com
Then download mIRC. mIRC is the creation of Khaled Mardam-Bey, an enterprising young Brit. mIRC has been around for years, and is the chat client of choice for most hardcore internet users. mIRC is basically a user-friendly interface for using IRC (Internet Relay Chat). The basic theory behind IRC is that in the most basic setup, a server relays messages between all the users connected to it. The server will have lots of "rooms" on it which you can join and participate in conversations. You send a message to the server, it sends it to all the people in the room. In the more compex scenario, there are loads of servers all linked together so people from different geographic locations can chat to each other without massive delays due to slow internet traffic. Enough of the techspecs. mIRC is a very easy to use bit of software which takes the technicality out of IRC. The complete beginner can download it and be chatting within minutes. It comes pre-loaded with a huge list of servers which you can chat on, and comes with very detailed help documents. For the more advanced user it is equally useful, allowing you to send and recieve files from other users, set up a fileserve allowing friends to choose what to download from your computer while you're away from the computer. It allows you to set up scripts which can interact with your mp3 player, run other software, and do pretty much anything. There are thousands of add-on scripts that are freely available for download from places such as mircx.com and so on which can customise your mIRC. A word of warning for the uninitiated though. While a script may look really cool, there is also a lot of potential for a rogue script writer to put in a backdoor into the script allowing people with the know-how easy access to a fileserve or something like that. Having uploaded a trojan horse virus they could then execute it by using the useful /run comman
d in mIRC. A few years back when mIRC was in its infancy, there was a rapid propogation of mIRC worms which were script.ini files altered so as to allow rogue usage by other users. It was self replicating and would send to anyone in the room at the time with the infected person. It was a simple thing to get rid of, and simple to solve - mIRC then came with the default download directory as /download instead of in the root directory where .ini files were automatically incorporated when the program ran. Nowadays I'm sure the scripts are much more sophisticated, and even to the trained eye a small line of code could go unnoticed, so be wary of scripts if they start doing something strange. Ken
I've been involved with IRC since I started university in 1997 when I no longer had to worry about spending too much time connected to the Internet at home. I had heard about it from a friend who had told me how to get connected, so I downloaded it, and installed it. It's a fairly small download at just over 1Mb, and installation is fully automatic once you decide where the installation directory will be. Setting up is a breeze and if you know nothing about IRC (Internet Relay Chat), as I did the first time, you can still find yourself online and chatting within minutes. All you do then is select a network (each network has it's own rules, and thousands of channels, and the main networks are Undernet, DALnet or Efnet) and server (each network has hundreds of servers, all of which provide a means of joining the network - usually, it the fastest is the one which is geographically closest to you, but this is not always the case), select a nickname (and a backup in case your first choice is taken), and then choose whether to supply your real name and e-mail address (people rarely do). Select a chat room to enter, and away you go. Most people are quite friendly, and asking questions politely will usually get you an answer, or point you to where you can get an answer. My advice for the first time, or novice user is to pick one or two of the general chat sites (I'll use Undernet as an example, as that's what I use) like #funchat or #funfactory (there are channels, or rooms, which purport to be for people of similar interests e.g. #ironmaiden #soccer #chocolate etc.) then any time you are IRC-ing, spend your time in these rooms. This way, you get to meet a lot of people, and your questions can be answered. There are also lots of help channels for new users, and visiting a few of those could prove to be very useful indeed. When starting off, it's best to be polite - no swearing, repeating or typing in capitals (w
hich are probably the three most common rules of IRC channels). There are some web sites out there for beginners to IRC – you could do worse than try www.newircusers.com or www.beginner.proroom.com. Another thing which is becoming increasingly popular (but is considered rude) is the immediate use of the phrase "asl". This means "age, sex location" and is asked by people who for some reason cannot have a conversation without knowing this information. If you can avoid these, then you can be sure of having a good time online, and perhaps making friends across the world! At this time, you can only log onto one network at a time as part of the initial program, but there are add-ons out there that will let you use more than one network at a time – mIRC as a program allows you to only use one IRC network at a time. mIRC is very easy to use - text is colour coded for speech, actions etc. It's customisable with scripts which you can write yourself, or download from the Internet. Depending on your point of view, you may or may not want to use scripts - it's all down to personal taste, and there are sites dedicated to supplying scripts and add-ons (scripts are large multipurpose plug ins, whereas add-ons are only for one purpose) There are many different types of script to make you IRC-ing more enjoyable - from silly messages to mp3 players, and if you are really lucky, scripts which enable you op a channel more effectively. There are a lot of sites on the World Wide Web that can show you how to make your own scripts, or customise your copy of mIRC to the way you want. This may be a simple thing such as programming some automatic messages to be displayed with a few mouse clicks (an example I saw recently explained how to play a sound sample [e.g. Homer Simpson saying "woohoo"] when someone in a channel says "Woohoo"), or a detailed explanation into how to tweak the mIRC settings.
This is the sort of fun that can be had with mIRC customisation. Sites you could look at include: www.mircx.com or www.mircscripts.com. The mIRC help file also includes some good information on scripting / customising. One of the very few disadvantages of mIRC over the other IRC programs out there is the outdated UNIX like text input. A lot of it has been cut down in the form of buttons and popups, but to get the most out of it, it would be advisable dipping your toes into the help file. Another thing to watch out for, and this is not a bad point about the program, but the nature of the chatting itself, is its' reliance on slang and abbreviations. It may seem complicated to begin with, but if you have any problems, just ask a channel operator [they'll be people with a '@' beside their name] and they should be glad to explain to you what stuff means. In my opinion though, for beginner or more experienced users, mIRC is certainly my IRC program of choice, although if you try it and don’t like it, the others to look for (on Windows PC's - I have no idea about other platform/OS IRC programs) are pIRCh or vIRC. Get yourself logged on, and enjoy!
Many people like mIRC and use it almost everyday for chat. The main benefit of it is that you chat all over the world through it. I don't find it easy to use. It usually takes ages to initialise it. Then it takes as long to get connected. Once you've done this you then have to wade through hundreds of chat rooms, some of which are being conducted in foreign languages. Many of the rooms are a bit dubious in nature and cater for minority groups. I have often found it very hard to get into a room and once in, I've sat on the side after introducing myself because no one wanted to include me! (Simply because I wasn't part of their little click of friends.) Not for me but might be worth a try if you are part of a group.
IRC is the original internet chat program, but when competing with the likes of ICQ and MSN messanger I'm afraid to say it doesnt fare well. Yes, plugins and the like may be available, but in its original just-downloaded form mIRC looks very basic, no flashy menus or buttons, just windows 3.1 like chat windows. And unlike the latest instant messanger it isn't made easy to use for the new or inexperienced PC user. There are help files and the like which aid you, but none of the useful pop up help or wizards that inhabit ICQ. Despite the look, IRC is still useful, although some of the popular rooms do degenerate in to a mass of un-intelligible rubbish, or scroll so fast you cant read the text, but if you find a room with people with your interest then it is ok. Everyone should try this to make up their own mind, functionality is more important than looks in the end, so dont judge it too harshly.
mIRC is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client that allows the user to chat in any one of thousands of chat rooms. It is even possible to create your own. As well as chatting with friends, mIRC provide links to a number of useful chat rooms that can provide you with lots of help on such things as software, hardware, web design and more. The client itself is a small, just over 1 meg download, and loads quickly, effieciently allowing you to fill in\amend your details and connect to a server and sratrt chatting. For beginners, it is best to choose one of the DALNet servers till you get used to what is happening. Chatting is easy with this program and the software even gives you a selection of caht rooms for newbies. In rooms with a lot of users, bots may control the chat and kick you out for excessive flooding, swearing or advertising. There will also be 'Ops', who also have the facility to kick you. There are normally rules which will be presented upon joining, as well as a general description of the room. Private chat is as easy as double clicking on the users name or sending a chat request. Don't so this to people you don't know, they normally don't like it, and will simply ignore you. There are no particular disadvantages of the software, as it is easily the best IRC client available. However, if you just want to speak with friends, an Instant Messenger such as ICQ may be better. Also, IRC is a spammers heaven, so expect loads of automated messages from users advertising porn. If chatting is your thing, choose mIRC. It is easily better than chatting on web chat rooms, and the users are generally friendlier, and more helpful, than those on the web too. However, it isn't for everyone, but then again, what is?
mIRC is an IRC client written by Khaled Mardam Bey. The official website is at http://www.mirc.co.uk which is also where you can obtain the latest version of the program. For those of you who haven't used or heard of IRC before, I will make a brief explanation of what it is. IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, and is a way of communicating ("chatting") with other people over the Internet. Unlike web-based systems, IRC uses its own protocol ("language", if you will) and is therefore a very fast way of talking to people. Usually what you say will be displayed within seconds at the other person(s) computer. On IRC, everyone has their own nickname. When you get started using IRC you will most likely be confused by the different IRC networks that exist. An IRC network is a stand-alone chat network, with its own channels and users. Thus, there may be a user with nickname "Rex" on one network, but this is not necessarily the same "Rex" as on another network. Some of the more popular networks include DALnet, EFNet and IRCnet. After connecting to an IRC server, you can join channels and start chatting with people. A channel on IRC is like a "room" with different people in it. You can even create your own channel! Some channels are related to specific topics, for example, channel #linux would be the place to discuss the Linux operating system. So, how do I start using IRC, you say? This is where mIRC comes in. mIRC is a popular IRC chat program ("client") for the Windows platform. After you've installed and downloaded it, you enter a nickname and choose a server to connect to. After you have connected, you need only join a channel and chat away. IRC commands are entered into a text box, and prefixed with a slash: "/". For example if I would like to join the channel #Linux (channel names always start with the pound sign, (#) I would type /join #linux and hit enter. There are ma
ny more IRC commands available, and after a while of chatting you will become more familiar with them. I hope this has been an easy-to-follow introduction to mIRC and IRC in general!
Internet have already changed the communication among human beings. E-mail, ICQ and IRC have become human's communication medias. mIRC can be downloaded free from http://www.mirc.co.uk. It stands for Internet Relay Chat. Nowadays there are millions (I think more than that) people from all over the world talk to each other in this virtual space provided by this software. It is really a good playing software when you are bored - chatting anything with anyone that you won't probably know for the entire of your life without letting them know you are who you are. I have been playing mIRC for years. Whenever I am bored I will connect to the server and chat the hell out of me. From my point of view it is the best place to release my angers and also to relax. It is also fun to know some other people from different races and cultures. Try it and you will be addicted to it.
IRC is addictive. Very very addictive. Ok - let me get the basics out of the way first and then I'll show you how dangerous this program is. IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. mIRC is an "internet relay chat" client. You use mIRC to connect to one of thousands of IRC chat servers. Still with me? Cool. I personally connect to a server called DalNet, a large server which houses a large number of people to chat with. The Beauty of Irc is you can meet so many people from around the world. I've made many great friends, some I hold closer to my heart than I probably should. You get to see what people over the other side of the globe think, its a truely unique form of communication, If you've ever tried an Instant messanger service such as ICQ or Yahoo. You'll probably be a little lost to begin with, IRC is much faster paced. When you use IRC you connect to "channels", which contain a variable number of people. Large channels can hold over 100 people (or ppl as they are known), smaller channels can have just a handfull. Lording over the channels are whats known as OPs (which means a channel operator) there are a few different flavours of "op", AOP = Automatic Operator, SOP = Supervisory Operator and the Founder of the channel. (the person who originally started it) Then there are people called IRCops. Who control the entire server, and every channel in it. Basically, Don't be rude, be funny and enjoy yourself and you should never have to understand what an OP does. MIRC is the best IRC client you can buy... (yes you can buy it! :D) Khaled Mardem Bey wrote it a few years ago, and its now just reached its 5.8 incarnation. It contains a powerful scripting language which can automate a lot of functions for you. You can play MP3 files through mIRC and some scripts have more functionality than Winamp. IRC in general is a mixed b
ag. You will meet some fantastic people (I call myself Tda on DALnet, I visit the channels #casual & #theguesthouse) and you will meet some not-so-great people too. If you've never been on IRC then your missing out a definate life changing experience. If you've used IRC before and are just reading this to see what I said about it, then hopefully you agree with me. *warning* IRC can quite easily become your social life, I've used it now for 4 years. I'm not quite as addicted as I once was, but thats only because I've been through therapy Joke Give it a try, you might find a new friend, you might find a new love, you'll definately have some fun if you find the right channels.